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Great Swamp Breakfast Briefings Planned

Association has a series of lectures

The Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) has named speakers and presentations for its spring 2012 Breakfast Briefing Series.

Unless otherwise noted, all briefings are held from 8 to 9:30 a.m., on the second Tuesday of each month at GSWA’s headquarters at 568 Tempe Wick Road in Harding Township..

To pre-register visit www.GreatSwamp.org/EventReg.htm. There is no cost for GS WA members; others are asked to make a contribution of $10 at time of registration. A continental breakfast is served at all events.

Presentations will cover eco-friendly landscaping, weather and climate changes in New Jersey, a discussion of threats to New Jersey’s critical forests and woodlands, and a summary of findings from an ongoing study of Great Swamp’s bugs, worms, mollusks, and other tiny spineless creatures. 

Speakers will include Anthony Broccoli, the director of the Rutgers Center for Environmental Predication, environmental author and landscape designer; Leslie Sauer, Drew University emeritus professor of biology; Hazel England, GSWA director of education; and Laura Kelm, director of water quality programs.

“Why Is New Jersey’s Weather Changing?” is the topic of the program at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at GSWA Headquarters.

Broccoli will discuss what to expect of the changing weather in the state, and how understanding the causes of climate change might help better prepare for what is coming. 

“The Future of New Jersey’s Forests” is the topic on Tuesday, May 8, at GSWA Headquarters.

Leslie Sauer, founder of the ecological restoration consultancy Andropogon Associates and author of “The Once and Future Forest,” will speak about the environmental and manmade threats facing New Jersey woodlands. 

“Unlock the Secrets of Great Swamp’s Small Creatures: 2011 Findings from an Ongoing Study of Macroinvertebrates” is the theme on Tuesday, May 22, at Kemmerer Library, 19 Blue Mill Road, Harding Twp.

Pollock has studied macroinvetebrates each year in the Great Swamp watershed since 1992.

He will discuss the findings from his 2011 studies.

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